CFP: Fifth Copyright Scholarship Roundtable (Penn Law CTIC)

Call for Papers:  Fifth Copyright Scholarship Roundtable (Penn Law CTIC)

Monday–Tuesday, June 1–2, 2020
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition
Philadelphia, PA



The Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition (CTIC) at the University of Pennsylvania Law School will be hosting the Fifth Copyright Scholarship Roundtable in Philadelphia on June 1-2, 2020. The Roundtable is designed to be a forum for the discussion of current copyright scholarship, covering a range of methodologies, topics, and perspectives. Approximately 8-10 papers will be chosen for discussion at the Roundtable, with each paper allocated an entire hour for presentation and commentary. Penn Law will cover the domestic travel and hotel expenses of presenters whose papers are selected for presentation at the Roundtable. A conference dinner will take place on the evening of Monday, June 1.

The Roundtable organizers invite submissions from academics working on any aspect of copyright law. Submissions must be of full drafts. The deadline for submission is March 20, 2020 and decisions on participation will be made shortly thereafter.

Please email your submissions and any questions to Shyam Balganesh (Penn Law): and Matthew Sag (Loyola Chicago):

Technology at Society’s Frontier: Framing the Big Legal Issues (Northwestern Law)

Technology at Society’s Frontier: Framing the Big Legal Issues

Friday, March 6, 2020, 8:00am–6:00pm
Northwestern University San Francisco
44 Montgomery Street, 18th floor
San Francisco, CA 94104



As technology advances, can the law keep pace? Technology today raises many important legal questions. Should we use antitrust law to reign in tech platforms? How do we protect and balance free speech interests in a digital world? What can we learn from efforts to regulate cryptocurrencies? Rather than regulate in reaction to technology advancements, can law play a more proactive role to ensure that products and platforms respect human rights and democratic principles and comply with the law by design and default? Join us for a robust discussion about these topics and more.


8:00–8:40am:  Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:40–8:50am:  Welcome by James B. Speta, Vice Dean, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

8:50–9:00am:  Remarks by Bill Ericson, Founding Partner, Wildcat Venture Partners

9:00–10:25am:  Panel I: Antitrust and the New Tech Platforms

  • Moderator:James B. Speta, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Thomas Greene, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Douglas Melamed, Stanford Law School
  • Joshua D. Wright, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
  • Until quite recently, U.S. antitrust enforcers and courts found little of concern with the Internet platforms, even as they grew to dominate certain markets and even as five of them became the most valuable companies in the world. At the same time, European competition enforcers entered multiple billion-euro fines against Google and conducted investigations against other platforms. Today, both U.S. federal and state antitrust authorities are pursuing the platforms, and academics and Presidential candidates openly suggest the “break up” of these companies. This panel will discuss the antitrust analysis of Internet platforms, discussing the different approaches of U.S. and European competition law. The panel will also evaluate the current antitrust arguments concerning the platforms: should they be broken up or otherwise controlled through competition law. Finally, the panel will discuss the extent to which privacy concerns might overlap with — or distract from — competition law analysis.

10:25–10:45am:  Break

10:45am-12:10pm:  Panel II: New Media and Regulating Information Platforms

  • Moderator: Daniel B. Rodriguez, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Derek Bambauer, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
  • Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Paul Gowder, University of Iowa College of Law
  • John Villasenor, UCLA School of Law
  • The impact, intended and unintended, of new media, especially big social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, has influenced social behavior in myriad ways. Elections yes, but patterns of political behavior more generally. This is a well-observed phenomena. And the moral/ethical issues have been the subject of serious commentary and analysis. What has remained elusive, however, is the matter of appropriate legal regulation. The First Amendment stands as a bulwark, although in some ways a shibboleth. Beyond the principle of a robust marketplace of ideas, we are compelled to look anew at the ways in which the law does and can regulate the social media platforms. Short of a comprehensive framework for regulation, we begin in this panel with first order and second order principles, asking “how does the technology drive the questions about regulation and regulatory choice?” “What are the key considerations that underpin ambitious regulatory initiatives?” Or are these questions pointless? Should we ask, first, whether even to begin this conversation in earnest, given the arguably “private,” and socially fruitful, quality of modern social media?

12:10–12:40pm:  Lunch Break

12:40–1:20pm:  Keynote: The Hon. Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, California Supreme Court

1:30–2:55pm:  Panel III: Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, & Regulation: Lessons Learned to Foster Innovation?

  • Moderator:John O. McGinnis, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Christopher Robins, Binance.US
  • Patrick D. Daugherty, Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Ksenia Sussman, BitOoda
  • Approximately 2 billion people lack access to banking. More lack access to credit and always-accessible, secure payment systems. Many assert that blockchain, Bitcoin, and other innovations could help solve these problems and enhance economic opportunities. Yet the blowback when Facebook announced Libra was, to many, all too predictable. Protectionism and a lack of law and regulation present significant obstacles to innovation. If we expect technologists to invest in solving grand challenges, how might lawmakers, and regulators take action to foster rather than impede innovation? What lessons can we learn from cryptocurrencies?

2:55–3:15pm:  Break

3:15–4:40pm:  Panel IV: Legal Ordering, Compliance, and the Rule of Law by Design and Default

  • Moderator: Daniel W. Linna Jr., Northwestern Pritzker School of Law & McCormick School of Engineering
  • Rochael Adranly, IDEO
  • Michael Genesereth, Stanford University
  • James Hazard, Common Accord
  • Hannah Laqueur, University of California, Davis
  • Emerging technologies raise myriad concerns. We worry about devices that spy, algorithms that discriminate, smart contracts that illegally lock out tenants, etc. Could we ameliorate these concerns if we proactively embedded law, regulations, respect for human rights, and democratic principles into products and systems by design and default? We increasingly see code written by private actors in products and systems that effectively functions as both private and public law. How will law and regulation remain relevant if it is not also reduced to code and incorporated into these products and systems? Thinking more broadly, how can we infuse law into technology and technology into law to improve access to legal services, elevate justice, and maintain and expand the rule of law around the globe?

4:40–5:10pm:  Summary Remarks by Geoffrey Moore

5:10–6:00pm:  Networking Reception

CANCELLED: 22nd Comprehensive Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Seminar (UNH Law)

CANCELLED:  22nd Comprehensive Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Seminar (UNH Law)

Friday, March 27, 2020, 8:30am–4:30pm
University of New Hampshire School of Law
Room 282
2 White Street
Concord, NH 03301


  • Website:
  • Registration:  FREE  for In-House Faculty/Staff/Students; $50 for UNH Alumni; $100 for the General Public
  • RSVP Deadline:  March 20, 2020


The Comprehensive PCT Seminar is geared toward patent attorneys, patent agents, patent administrators, paralegals, and law students who are seeking in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

The one day seminar will include strategies for using the PCT as part of a comprehensive patent program, PCT rules of practice, and procedures for filing original international applications. It will also address recent changes to the PCT.

Layla Lauchman and Harry Kim, PCT Special Program Examiners at the USPTO, will conduct the program. UNH Law is an accredited provider of New Hampshire Minimum Continuing Legal Education credits. We believe this course meets the requirements of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for 390 minutes toward the annual requirement. As of June 30, 2014, NHMCLE no longer approves or accredits activities for the NH minimum CLE requirement, but this seminar is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and has consistently been approved for CLE in New Hampshire and other states in prior years.

Topics Covered (subject to change)

Topics Covered (subject to change)

  • Overview of the PCT system
  • Choice of International Authorities Available
  • Filing International Applications by US Applicants
  • The International Bureau as a Receiving Office — by Choice or by Circumstance
  • Signature Requirements, Agents, Common Representatives and Withdrawals
  • Claiming Priority and Furnishing of Priority Documents
  • International Search and Written Opinion of the ISA
  • Procedural Safeguards
  • International Publication and Internet Resources
  • Supplementary International Search
  • Filing a Demand for International Preliminary Examination
  • Amendments under the PCT and Informal Comments
  • Recent Changes
  • Entry Into the National Phase
  • Entry into the US National phase and By-pass Continuation Practice
  • Strategic Use of the PCT: a User’s Perspective
  • Where to Get Help

Register Here:

For questions or more information, contact:

Lauri Connolly
Program Assistant IP Center
Administrative Assistant III
UNH School of Law
2 White Street
Concord, NH 03301

2020 CASRIP Summer Institute and Global Innovation Law Summit (Univ. of Washington)

2020 CASRIP Summer Institute and Global Innovation Law Summit

Monday–Friday, July 13–24, 2020
Center for Advanced Study and Research on Innovation Policy (CASRIP)
William H. Gates Hall 442
Seattle, WA 98195-3020



The CASRIP Summer Institute is one of the most venerable intellectual property programs in the United States. It offers an intensive course on the fundamentals of United States patent law and addresses important legal questions on cutting-edge topics impacting business and innovation. Summer Institute faculty include distinguished professors, patent examiners from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and legal practitioners from the Seattle region and beyond.


July 13–16, 2020: Patent Basics

Participants will obtain a strong foundation in the full spectrum of United States patent law, include the rules governing patent eligibility, the novelty requirement under the America Invents Act, the latest developments in the law of obviousness and patent claim construction, and evolving infringement theories.

Planned topics covered include:

  • Overview of U.S. intellectual property law
  • Patent basics
  • Patentability at the USPTO
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Patent Litigation
  • Patent Licensing

July 20–24, 2020: Advanced and Applied Topics

Participants will receive instruction in advanced patent topics and important cutting-edge intellectual property and technology law issues.

Planned topics covered include:

  • Advanced patent application drafting
  • Advanced patent prosecution at the USPTO and around the world
  • Advanced litigation at the International Trade Commission
  • Intellectual property management and commercialization
  • Strategies for protecting trade secrets
  • Hatch-Waxman Act and generic pharmaceuticals
  • Data protection laws
  • Artificial intelligence and IP
  • Blockchain and IP
  • Antitrust and IP
  • International trade and IP
  • Hallmarks of America’s innovation economy

July 17, 2020: Global Innovation Law Summit: Open Innovation, Industry Standards, Big Data, Trade Wars: Challenges and Opportunities for Global Innovation

The Global Innovation Law Summit (GILS) brings together thought leaders from around the world to discuss the most up-to-date legal and policy issues confronting innovation economies (and aspiring knowledge-based economies). GILS also provides a networking opportunity for participants in the CASRIP Summer Institute.

This year, GILS will focus on three major topics. First, GILS will explore the relationship between open innovation and intellectual property, including the role of industry standards in innovation and the way companies, universities, NGOs, and governments utilize open innovation. Second, GILS will address challenges related to the use of personal data in the business models of companies in the information economy. And third, GILS will highlight the role of intellectual property in world trade and current challenges in key regions of the world. Finally, GILS will devote a special session to the legal ethics of innovation.

Digital Platforms: Innovation, Antitrust, Privacy & the Internet of Things (UIC John Marshall Law School)

Digital Platforms: Innovation, Antitrust, Privacy & the Internet of Things

Friday, March 13, 2020, 8:45am–4:30pm
UIC John Marshall Law School
Room 1200A
300 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60604


  • Website:
  • CLE Credit:  6.25 hours (pending). CLE credit is extended to Illinois attorneys only. Attorneys who need CLE from other states are welcome to apply to their jurisdictions on their own. The extension of CLE credit is subject to each state approval. Attorneys seeking CLE credit must sign in and out at the registration desk.
  • Registration Fees:
    • General Registration: $195
    • In-house/Nonprofits/Small Firms: $95
    • Government: Free
    • Limited scholarships available for: 2017–2019 JMLS graduates, non-UIC students, academics, and needs-based attendees.
    • Free for: UIC Students, Faculty, Adjunct Professors, Staff, and IP Center Advisory Board Members


Online platforms have become a focal point for many in the United States as well as in key jurisdictions around the world. Governments and legal advisors are struggling to understand the issues and implications these platforms raise, particularly in the areas of intellectual property, privacy, and antitrust law and practice. This Conference brings together top experts in government, industry, practice, and academia to share their cutting-edge insights on these issues as well as where things are headed. It will feature highly interactive sessions and opportunities to speak directly to these experts to have questions answered. It is the only event of its kind in the Midwest and one that is not to be missed.

Program Schedule  (as of February 20)

8:45–9:00am   Welcome Remarks

  • Daryl Lim, Professor of Law & Director, Center for IP, Information and Privacy Law, UIC John Marshall Law School

9:00–9:45am   Keynote: Christine S. Wilson, Commissioner,Federal Trade Commission

  • Discussant: Andre Fiebig, Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP

9:50–11:15am Session 1: Intellectual Property Issues

  • Moderator: Themi Anagnos, Head of IP for the Americas, Continental Automotive
  • Ken Adamo, Owner, Law Office of Ken Adamo
  • Kirti Gupta, Vice President, Technology & Economic Strategy, Qualcomm Incorporated
  • James Holderman (Ret.), Mediator and Arbitrator, JAMS
  • Erin Lothson, Senior Counsel, Uber, Inc.
  • Grant H. Peters, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Ken Adamo, Owner, Law Office of Ken Adamo (Invited)
  • Jennifer M. Mikulina, Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery LLP (Invited)
  • Adam Kelly, Partner, Loeb & Loeb (Invited)

11:15–11:30am           Break

11:30am–12:55pm      Session 2: Privacy Issues

  • Moderator: Robert H. Newman, Co-Chair, Privacy, Security & Data Innovations, Loeb& Loeb
  • Cara Dearman, Data Privacy Officer, RSM US LLP
  • Daniel Farris, Partner, K&L Gates LLP
  • Cameron Krieger, Senior Counsel, Digital Governance, Privacy & Security, Mars Incorporated
  • Divya Mathur, Vice President and Consultant, Analysis Group
  • Randy Robinson, Assistant Professor, UIC John Marshall Law School
  • Liad Wagman, Senior Economics and Technology Advisor, Federal Trade Commission, Office of Policy Planning

12:55–1:35pm Buffet Lunch

1:40–2:25pm   Keynote: D. Daniel Sokol, Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law

  • Discussant: David Schwartz, Professor of Law & Associate Dean of Research and Intellectual Life, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

2:30–3:55pm   Session 3: Antitrust Issues

  • Moderator: Matthew Sag, Georgia Reithal Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development, Loyola University School of Law
  • Jeffrey Cross, Partner, Freeborn & Peters LLP
  • Anne Gron, Managing Director, AlixPartners
  • Michele Lee,Senior Director and Associate General Counsel, Head of Global Litigation, Regulatory, & Competition, Twitter
  • Kate Patchen, Director and Associate General Counsel, Competition, Facebook
  • Dan Spulber, Elinor Hobbs Professor of International Business, Professor of Strategy; Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law (Courtesy), Kellogg School of Management; Pritzker School of Law, Northwestern University
  • Aaron Yeater, Managing Principal, Analysis Group, Inc.

4:00–4:30pm   Keynote: James M. Foote, President and Chief Executive Officer, CSX Corporation

4:30pm            Closing Remarks & Reception

CFP: IP Researchers Europe Conference 2020 (Univ. of Geneva)

Call for Papers:  IP Researchers Europe Conference 2020

Friday–Saturday, June 26–27, 2020
University of Geneva
Bd du Pont d’Arve 40
1211 Geneva 4



The School of Law of the University of Geneva (UNIGE) is pleased to announce the IP Researchers Europe Conference 2020 (IPRE 2020), which will take place in Geneva on 26-27 June 2020.

IPRE is an annual initiative, which was created in 2018 with the support of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), and which aims at bringing together academic researchers to present and discuss their papers and works-in-progress with other academics and policy makers in Geneva, a city that enjoys a very privileged position as international forum for debates about IP and Innovation.

In the past two years, IPRE 2018 and IPRE 2019  have gathered a large number of scholars coming from universities and research centres in Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Africa, who have presented a diverse and stimulating series of IP and Innovation-related topics.

In general, IPRE seeks to highlight European-focused research, but all researchers writing on topics dealing with IP and Innovation-related issues in European law, International law, and Comparative law are welcome to apply to present.

We welcome submissions from established academics as well as from more junior researchers including professors, associate professors, assistant professors, lecturers, academic fellows, post-doctoral fellows, and doctoral candidates enrolled in a PhD program or equivalent post-graduate degree. Applicants should be affiliated with an academic institution or scientific research centre, preferably on a full-time basis, at the time of submission of their application and at the time of the Conference.

We look forward to welcoming you (back) in Geneva for IPRE 2020!

CFP: Summer 2020 Junior Intellectual Property Scholars (JIPSA) Workshop (Univ. of Montana Law)

Call for Papers:  Summer 2020 Junior Intellectual Property Scholars (JIPSA) Workshop

Thursday–Friday, June 11–12, 2020
University of Montana
Alexander Blewett III School of Law
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, Montana 59812


  • Abstract Submission Deadline:  Friday, April 10, 2020
  • Contact:  Cathay Smith, University of Montana (


The next JIPSA workshop will be held at the University of Montana Blewett School of Law in Missoula, Montana on Thursday and Friday, June 11-12, 2020.  The workshop offers a friendly and informal environment for junior faculty to share and discuss their IP scholarship, including early-stage ideas or full drafts.  JIPSA workshops are open to any IP scholar who has held a full-time academic position for 7 years or less (not counting time as a VAP or fellow), or VAPs, fellows, other IP scholars who have accepted a full-time academic position beginning in the fall.

To be added to the JIPSA email list, please reach out to JIPSA co-chairs Alex Roberts ( and Nicholson Price (

If you are interested in attending the JIPSA Workshop at Montana this June, please email me ( by April 10, 2020 so that I can include you on future emails.

I hope you will consider joining us in beautiful Missoula in June!

CFP: 12th Junior Scholars in Intellectual Property (JSIP) Workshop (Mich. State. Univ. Law)

Call for Papers:  12th Junior Scholars in Intellectual Property (JSIP) Workshop

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Michigan State University College of Law
IP, Information & Communications Law Program (IPIC)
648 N Shaw Lane
East Lansing, MI 48824



The JSIP Workshop offers a unique opportunity for junior scholars* writing in the areas of intellectual property, communications, and cyberlaw to receive detailed commentary on their work from established scholars in a focused workshop setting. Articles will be chosen through a blind-review selection process.

Participants are expected to cover their own travel costs and commit to attend the entire full-day Workshop. Hotel accommodation and meals will be provided by MSU Law.

*Eligible junior scholars have seven or fewer years of full-time teaching experience; VAPs/Fellows/current JSD candidates are all welcome to participate.

MSU Law IPIC Program Host Faculty

Contact Sean Pager at for more information.

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The Controversial Sale of the .ORG Registry (American Univ. PIJIP)

The Controversial Sale of the .ORG Registry: The Conversation We Should Be Having

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 12:00pm–2:00pm
Room NT01 Ceremonial Classroom
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Ave NW
Washington DC 20016




  • American University Washington College of Law
  • Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property
  • Internet Governance Lab
  • WCL Intellectual Property Brief

On November 13, 2019, the Internet Society (ISOC) announced its sale of the Public Interest Registry (PIR) to a private equity firm Ethos Capital for $1.1 billion.  The .ORG registry, run by PIR, supports 10 million .ORG registrants, including many of the world’s largest and smallest human rights and nonprofit groups. Questions abound:  Can a nonprofit (ISOC) sell a nonprofit (PIR)?  Are top-level domains still global public resources?  What can ISOC and PIR do to protect the online communication of millions of .ORG registrants?  What mechanisms could exist to address concerns of the .ORG community? The answers could profoundly affect Internet speech for decades to come.


  • Andrew Sullivan
    President & CEO, Internet Society
  • Mitch Stoltz
    Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Benjamin Leff
    Professor of Law, Charitable and Non-Profit Organizations
    Washington College of Law
  • Marc Rotenberg
    President, Electronic Privacy Information Center,
    Former Chair, Public Internet Registry (.ORG)
  • Kathryn Kleiman– Facilitator
    IP & Tech Clinic, Washington College of Law
    Former Dir. of Policy, Public Interest Registry (.ORG)


2020 Jaharis Symposium on Health Law & IP—Genetic Justice: Data, Privacy, and Crime (DePaul Law)

2020 Jaharis Symposium on Health Law & Intellectual Property
Genetic Justice: Data, Privacy, and Crime

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 8:30am–4:30pm CDT
DePaul University – DePaul Center, Room 8005
1 East Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604



Join DePaul University, located in downtown Chicago, for The Jaharis Symposium on Health Law and Intellectual Property: Genetic Justice: Data, Privacy, and Crime.

Recent discoveries in the field of genetics herald immense innovation for medicine and science. But they also raise significant questions related to individual privacy, societal uses of the information, and applications in the criminal justice system. For example, how should genetic information be controlled to ensure individual privacy and informed consent for all? What are the individual and societal implications of forensic uses of genetic record matching? How else should genetic information be used within the criminal justice system? Can genomic research ever be truly inclusive and representative of the diversity of our population? This interdisciplinary symposium will address issues of distributive and procedural justice in genetics and genomics, as they relate to scientific innovation, intellectual property, human subjects research, and the criminal justice system.

DePaul University College of Law is an accredited CLE provider. This event has been approved for up to 6.0 hours of general CLE credit. 1.0 of ethics CLE credits (pending approval)